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When I was growing up I vividly remember taking road trips to the Jersey Shore with my family. We would sit in traffic for hours sometimes while my sister and I sat in the backseat eagerly anticipating the moment we would finally catch a glimpse of the sand and sea.
One of my favorite memories, as my eyes would wander around at the other cars along the highway, was to look at all the cute dogs with their heads hanging out the window. I always longed to have pets that I could travel with someday, even though it seemed like it might be a lot of work to bring dogs along on a road trip. Maybe those families already knew back then what it took me well into adulthood to figure out, how to successfully take road trips with dogs.
My childhood wish finally came true in 2008 when my husband, son and I drove from PA to Orlando, Florida for a trip to Disney World, complete with two dogs. Back then we had a Yorkie named Lola and a personality filled Pug named Bailey. To say the approximately 17 hour ride there and back was a disaster would be an understatement. The main reasons were because we were unprepared and didn’t quite know how to successfully take road trips with dogs just yet. Thankfully years later that would change and we would not only figure out how to travel with dogs, but we would absolutely love it.
We now have two adorable Labradoodles, Jaxie and her daughter Charley, plus a car that has made me fall in love with driving all over again, the Kia Forte. Since we love to travel, especially spontaneously, I wanted to ensure that Jaxie and Charley could travel safely in the car with us both near and far. I decided it was time to finally figure out how to successfully take road trips with dogs.
The first steps in taking any truly successful road trip, with dogs or not, is to drive a car that is safe, you are comfortable with and even better one that you love. Luckily for my family the Kia Forte is all of those things and more. Despite its compact size, we have comfortably fit my family of four plus our two dogs in the Kia Forte for long periods of time.
The hatchback area in the Kia Forte5 SX offers the perfect place to feed and let our dogs drink some water when we stop for breaks. I think even Jaxie and Charley have become spoiled by the car’s sporty look along with the orange trimmed leather interior. Whenever I open up the car’s passenger door both dogs always jump right in. They seem to appreciate that the Kia Forte offers heated and cooled front seats. Smart dogs right?
How To Successfully Take Road Trips With Dogs
Here are some of the tips I have to offer in hopes of inspiring you to take more road trips with your pets, especially your beloved dogs. I recommend prepping and stocking your car with these items before you leave:
- Old sheet, blanket or a dog seat cover to protect your car’s seats (especially if you have a dog that sheds)
- Portable and collapsable travel dog food and water bowls
- Travel dog food bag
- Biodegradable dog waste bags
- Dog treats
- A few dog toys to keep them occupied during the drive
- Seatbelt or safety vest harness
- Pet first aid kit
- Car sickness relief (both our doodles unfortunately experience car sickness, but that doesn’t stop us from traveling with them)
- Pet car travel crates
- Make out a list of rest stops, pet friendly restaurants and hotels, as well as veterinary hospitals (in case of emergencies). The Kia Forte, and also the other amazing lineup of Kia vehicles, are perfect for knowing where you are at all times thanks to their intuitive voice command navigation system and 7″ color touch screen display.
Stay tuned to see where we will road trip it with our dogs in 2018.
Hopefully my list helps you learn how to successfully take road trips with dogs, or any other pet you may want to travel with.
Leave a comment and let me know where you plan on road tripping to this year.